Posts Tagged ‘fox paws’
Hi Friends! Exciting classes, including some freebies, coming up in the next few months. Please register! Excited to knit with you. Also, see above, a new feature called “teaching calendar” so you can stay up to date!
At Serial Knitters:
Two Color Brioche Workshop – the Hosta Scarf, a Nancy Marchant pattern
Brioche stitch in two colors! Wow! So beautiful! Students must be familiar with knitting brioche stitch.
- 2 class sessions
- Cost $70 plus pattern & supplies (Please purchase the pattern here or here on your own and bring your copy to class.)
- Saturdays, January 9th & 23rd from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Call or visit Serial Knitters to register. Class size is limited. 425-242-0086
Free #CeliaStrong Poncho Demo —Two Color Brioche
Saturday, January 9 from 3:30pm—4:30pm
Get hands-on help with the techniques from my latest pattern, #CeliaStrong. We’d be happy to help you with your yarn selection or show you the fun tricks that make this a quick and interesting knit. Try one on! Everyone wants to knit #CeliaStrong. (She’s already strong, but we’re knitting her even stronger!)
Registration is not required.
Check out the Serial Knitters website for the most up-do-date info on classes offered in the Kirkland, WA shop.
Fox Paws Foundations – mini-class at the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, FEBRUARY 11-14, 2016, Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington. (Mini-Class Schedule is released in January 2016. – Sign up for updates on their page to get the latest information.) I’ll also be doing a free Fox Paws Q & A in the rotunda at Madrona – more details to follow.
Fox Paws Foundations with Pamela Grossman
Have you gazed in wonder at Xandy Peters’ mind-bending designs? If you haven’t, you should, right here: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/xandy-peters
Maybe you’ve thought, “How could I ever do something that complex and fancy?” Perhaps you’ve agonized, “I’m a fabulous, experienced knitter, why is Fox Paws so hard for me!”
Help is at hand. Join Pamela Grossman for Fox Paws Foundations to learn the unusual stitch patterns and techniques used in Fox Paws. To prepare for her Fox Paws workshops at Serial Knitters in Kirkland, WA, Pamela undertook an in-depth study of the pattern devising tips and strategies to help knitters truly understand the compelling but tricky stacked increases and decreases. She collaborated with Xandy while developing the workshop plan.
In our class we’ll learn about stacked increases and decreases, do an exploratory swatch and, as time allows, test out the practice mini-projects from Xandy Peters’ blog, the Star and Oak Leaf practice projects:
We’ll also get an overview of the video playlist that Pamela has organized to support Fox Paws. If time allows, we will review the Fox Paws pattern itself alongside Pamela’s “Fox Paws Cheat Sheet” – an unofficial guide to parsing the pattern and remaining calm despite the challenges of the dreaded, feared and adored row 6.
Skills required: casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, binding off (adventurous advanced beginner)
- Your own printed copy of the Fox Paws Pattern
- Medium-weight (DK, sport or worsted), bouncy scrap yarn. Pick something with some stretch to it. It’s nice to have a few colors for experimenting. Weight doesn’t matter, just pick something that is comfortable for you.
- Needles to match. (Size 7 or 8 or whatever you use for medium weight yarn.) You may want to bring a few different types to see what works best. Wood needles can be tricky for this project as there is a lot of stress on the needles and some have experienced breakage. Circulars are suggested because of the flexible cable.
- The usual notions and tools, stitch markers, scissors, etc.
- optional: internet-connected tablet, phone or laptop
Homework: Cast on for the following swatch:
- Cast on 25 stitches with a medium weight yarn and matching needles. Knit two rows garter stitch.
NOTE: We will not have time in this session to do an in-depth study of Xandy’s pattern. Pamela will be able share her cheat sheet, video playlist and other resources.
Interested in a class you don’t see or a private lesson? Email pamelamama at gmail.com or give a call over to Serial Knitters:425-242-0086.
Want to hire Pamela to teach a class at your venue? Email!
What a great group of knitters we had at our first in-person Fox Paws workshop at Serial Knitters! Today I gave an overview of the project, then we reviewed and practiced the new stitches that are the building blocks for Fox Paws. Students practiced stacked increases and decreases and learned to “read” their knitting when applying these new techniques.
We watched some videos (playlist here) and experimented with designer Xandy Peters’ two practice patterns Star and Oak Leaf. (Both are free on her blog and in PDF form on Ravelry.) Access my research document with all of the relevant clickable links here. Come post your progress and questions on the Serial Knitters Ravelry Forum. We’re on our way to knitting Fox Paws!